With the New Year’s hangover slowly wearing off and few new stimulants entering circulation, there’s now ample time to catch up on the overload of awards-contending films, with the nationwide release of Zero Dark Thirty finally completing the best picture category. Expect the box-office to reflect some of the film’s early critical acclaim, especially since its competing new comers, like Gangster Squadand Quartetgarner only mild curiosity in comparison.
Zero Dark Thirty
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke
“The greatest manhunt in history” follows the decade-long efforts to find Osama bin Laden, spanning from the September 11 attacks to his death at the hands of Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. See Clayton and Joey’s early reviews.
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn
Law enforcement in post-war era Los Angeles fight to keep the city clean of the infamous Mickey Cohen and his East Coast Mafia.
Director: Dustin Hoffman
Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly
Dustin Hoffman picks up on the recent trend of elderly ensemble casts in his directorial feature about the residents in a home for retired opera singers and the drama which ensues when Jean, the eternal diva of the group, arrives for their annual concert. See Tiff’s review from AFI Fest.
A Haunted House
Director: Michael Tiddes
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte
Whether you’re you like it or not, brace yourselves for the (unwelcome) return of horror film parodies. When Malcom and Keisha move into their new dream home and Keisha becomes possessed by a demon, Malcom turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help.
Struck by Lightening
Director: Brian Dannelly
Starring: Chris Colfer, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks
A young man who’s struck and killed by lightening recounts the way he hassled his classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.
Director: Tom O’Brien
Starring: Chris Messina, Rich Sommer, Tom O’Brien
When Dave returns to his Massachusetts hometown for his father’s funeral, reuniting with two old friends forces him to acknowledge reality.
The Baytown Outlaws
Director: Barry Battles
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Upon agreeing to help a woman save her son from his abusive father, three redneck brothers find themselves on the fleeing end of a crazy pursuit.
What will you be seeing this weekend?
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